The frog leg claypot porridge, a supper favourite as much as it is a classic communal dish where large groups of friends and family gather around the bubbling hot claypot and dig into the belly warming delight during odd hours. This is a local delicacy that features the somewhat exotic and opinion polarising live bullfrogs, or ‘田鸡’ in Chinese, which literally translates to “field chicken”. It bears a certain resemblance to chicken meat in terms of taste and texture, and requires a fair bit of cooking and simmering time in order to achieve that characteristic springy, yet tender flesh with a delicate and fresh sweetness to it. The ‘Chinese edible frog’ is also known as an alternative lean meat that’s high in protein but low in both calorie and fat content per serving as well as being a rich source of vitamin and minerals.

Almost exclusively served in piping hot claypots, filled with either dried chilli “kung pao” sauce (oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, sesame oil) or with heaps of sliced ginger and scallions or spring onions added on, cooked long enough to create a rich, dark and sticky gravy to pair with porridge – the significant other of frog porridge. The distinction of the accompanying porridge is in its smoothness and thickness, that it should be viscous enough able to “float” the layer of gravy and chunks of frog legs on it, without sacrificing any of its velvety quality. However, the gold standard of this dish is definitely in the “live” element of the frogs – similar to how live seafood dishes are only processed upon ordering to ensure their freshness. Go for the default boiled frog porridge iteration if you really want to taste of the bullfrogs.

Check out these 9 well-known frog porridge establishments, in no particular order, and the latest photos taken there:

 

Probably one of the top spot for frog porridge as well as supper in Singapore as Lion City sits in a coffee shop with stalls that offer dishes like oyster omelette, dim sum, BBQ seafood, and beef kway teow. While Lion City lack the range as they offer a selection of just 3 claypot frog porridge, namely the Dry Chilli (kung pao sauce), Ginger & Spring Onion, and the default frog porridge, they make up for it with their depth and quality with their well executed claypot frog and claypot porridge. So good that numerous Geylang Lor 9 franchises have sprouted overseas.
Geylang Lor 9 ‘Lion City’ Frog Porridge 芽笼九巷活’狮城’田鸡 is located at 235 Geylang Road Lorong 9, Singapore 389294, p. +65 67468105. Open 3pm – 3:30am (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

JW491 Frog Porridge, Jurong West
A favourite among late-night diners in the west part of Singapore, offering one of the most affordable frog leg claypot porridge. Apart from the 3 classic flavours, the coffee shop stall run by a husband and wife team also sells other dishes such as Kidney Mee Sua, Pig’s Organ Soup and Claypot Pig’s Liver & Pork.
JW491 Frog Porridge is located at 491 Jurong West Ave 1, #01-173 Fu Chan F&B, Singapore 640491, p. +65 81684843. Open 4:30pm – 1:30am (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

Eminent Frog Porridge, Geylang & Jalan Besar
Eminent is a popular coffee shop Zi Char stall featuring the largest variety of frog claypot dishes, namely Frog with Chicken Essence, Frog with Chinese Herb soup, Frog with Garlic & White Pepper, Home-made Chilli Frog (ala Singapore Chilli Crab style), on top of the classic series of frog porridge, served with Cantonese style porridge in a claypot. Eminent also offer a good range of Zi Char dishes at the 323 Geyland Road outlet, including Cereal Chicken, Coffee Pork Ribs, and even crab with salted egg yolk sauce. Good food, centrally located, wallet-friendly prices and stays open well past midnight are factors that make Eminent a supper go-to.
Eminent Frog Porridge 明辉田鸡粥 is located at 2 locations (323 Geylang Road and Lavender Food Hub at 27 Foch Road), p. +65 9842 2941. See their Facebook page here.

 

G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood Restaurant, Geylang & Bukit Timah
Well-known casual dining chain, also known as G7 Sin Ma Claypot Live Frog to many, started as a hawker stall specialising in frog porridge and Zi Char before successfully venturing into live seafood restaurant business. Besides the signature Dried Chilli and Ginger & Spring Onion frog porridge claypots, G7 is also known for their crab dishes such as Chilli Crab and Salted Egg Crab, alongside unique dishes like deep fried pork intestines, mango fish and Thai-style bamboo clams. A supper hot-spot.
G7 Sin Ma Live Seafood Restaurant 新马活海鲜 is located at 2 locations (161/163 Geyland Lorong 3 and 5 Cheong Chin Nam Road). See their website here.

 

Tiong Shian Claypot Frog Porridge, Outram Park & Whampoa
Iconic local eatery with a rich history, where the Chinatown roadside outlet is especially popular among both local and tourists. Tiong Shian version of the crowd-favourite Dried Chilli as well as Ginger & Spring Onion frog comes with a subtle hint of Chinese cooking wine, while the porridge comes in bowls instead of claypots. A wide variety of Cantonese-style porridge, Zi Char style items and side dishes such as braised bean curd, braised chicken feet, salted egg prawns is served too. Centrally located and affordable, Tiong Shian can get quite crowded during meal hours.
Tiong Shian Claypot Frog Porridge 長城砂煲田雞粥 is located at 2 locations (265 New Bridge Road and 82 Whampoa Drive).

 

Dragon City specializes in claypot porridge which extends beyond just frog legs. Apart from the well-received dried chill ‘kung pao’ frog porridge as well as flavours like chicken essence and ginger & spring onion, Dragon City also does a variety of familiar porridge and seafood-based claypot porridge, together with some stir-fried dishes from their adjoining hawker stall. Check out the indulgent Garlic & Herbal Lobster porridge. Bonus: the famous Lau Hong Ser Rojak, Jia Dong Shu Shi Popiah and Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau stalls are nearby to supplement your meals.
DragonCity Claypot Frog Porridge is located is located at 271 Onan Road, #02-30 Dunman Food Centre, Singapore 424768, p. +65 8613 9763. Open 4:30pm – 1:30am (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

Sin Heng Kee Porridge, Kovan & Yishun
Not many people would deny Sin Heng Kee’s self-proclaimed title, the “Porridge Specialist”, as they feature more than 30 types of Cantonese-style porridge combinations and side dishes on top of their signature series of frog porridge, including cuttlefish, mixed pig organs, the Triple-Egg as well as side dishes century eggs in special sauce, sliced abalone and you tiao (fried dough sticks). A popular option in north-east Singapore during regular hours.
Sin Heng Kee Porridge 新興记 is located at 2 locations (685 Hougang Street 61 and Junction 9 at Yishun), p. +65 8613 9763. See their Facebook page here.

 

Hong Chang Eating House, Bartley/Braddell
In addition to frog porridge, there are the three dishes that you will spot on almost every table at Hong Chang as they serve up a diverse range of cuisine at wallet-friendly prices: Ginger & Spring Onions Frog claypot with porridge, BBQ Sambal Stingray and roti prata. Occupying a shophouse unit at the junction of Braddell Road and Upper Serangoon Road, Hong Chang is a late-night favourite among large groups.
Hong Chang Eating House 宏昌餐室 is located at 2 Braddell Road, Singapore 359895, p. +65 9160 3125. Open 5pm – 2am (Tue to Sun).

 

Even though the main draw isn’t necessarily frog porridge as this 24-hour eatery, also known as Wong Chiew Eating House, spoils you with the huge range of specialised dishes they offer, such as dim sum, roast meat, claypot porridge and a large variety of zi char fare, Wong Chiew dishes out a decent rendition with their Spicy Frog Leg claypot that’s available at any time of the day.
Wong Chiew Restaurant 皇潮 is located at 19 Sembawang Road, Singapore 779075, p. +65 6456 6838. Open 24 hours. See their Facebook page here.

 

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